Calligraphy is a very interesting art as you can see from the video above. Learning how to do calligraphy has become a recent interest of mine and I have become a bit enthralled with the tools and materials necessary to start. One could of course start on their own and learn through a book. However, another great option is to learn through videos like this one but also by taking an online class with full video instructions such as this one from Skillshare: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Calligraphy-I-Writing-in-Classic-Modern-Script/581900124?via=landing-beginner
It is exciting to try and master a new skill which you have no previous experience with. When you look at the different styles of calligraphy that are out there in the world, you realize that it is more than simply fancy writing. Some of the work of master calligraphers is both beautiful and skillfully done.
Calligraphic work is usually done by using either a pen holder with a specific type of nib or by using a fountain pen. Nibs come in many different sizes and points from the more broad edged to pointed pen nibs. The size and the flexibility of the nibs will determine the thickness of the line and what kind of hairlines can be produced while writing. These dip pens can use a wide variety of inks that most fountain pens cannot use because the fountain pen can become clogged if the wrong type of ink is used. Here are the best inks to use in fountain pens courtesy of John Neal Bookseller, the leader in calligraphy supplies in the USA: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/bestfountainpenink
If one is interested in learning on their own, there are of course books that can be used in order to do so. Titles such as Mastering Copperplate and Foundations of Calligraphy are very useful tools for beginner letterers, that help with the basics and give a student a solid understanding of the art of calligraphic writing. John Neal also offers complete kits for beginner calligraphers which include ink, pen holders, paper, nibs, and instructional books to help guide a student through practice. For more info please check out: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/119
There are plenty of ways to start learning how to do this fun and challenging art form. The best thing to do in my opinion is to jump right in and learn the basics because it does take quite a while to get down the foundations before moving along. It’s tough work!